God-worshiping: Knowing the truth.
Saying the memory verse together at suppertime will imprint it on the hearts of your children forever.
Your word is truth.
God’s truth is THE truth. In North American culture even those who believe in God and in the Bible, cringe a little bit when we say this. It seems so – well, it seems so arrogant. It goes against the inclusiveness that we value so much. Christians are like everyone else in that they are shaped by the culture they live in. In North America there is no one right or wrong, no right way to think, to live. It’s all relative. It’s what makes you feel good, what will benefit you, what is convenient.
The question, “What is truth?” is not new. When Jesus was on trial Pilate asked the same question.
37" Jesus answered, "You are right in saying I am a king. In fact, for this reason I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone on the side of truth listens to me."
38"What is truth?" Pilate asked. (John 18:36, 37)
You can almost hear a world-weary tone in Pilate’s question, one that implies that knowing the truth is a hopeless enterprise.
But it isn’t hopeless. The Bible tells us that the God of the Bible is the God of truth (Psalm 31:5) and that God speaks the truth (Isaiah 45:19). One phrase that Jesus repeated over and over in his teaching was, “I tell you the truth.” The Bible tells us that there is one truth, one way. This way is the basis for evaluating all other “truth.” Jesus is the truth (John 14:6). Jesus wants us to have the truth. It is his truth that gives us a sure compass for our life journey.
JUST THE FACTS
How well did you listen to the story?
Q. Who challenges Lucille’s beliefs?
Q. What does Granny call the belief that “If your way works for you, then it’s fine.”
Q. What club do Spike and Liz join?
A. The weight training club.
Q. What does Steve tell them will help them get bigger muscles?
A. Steve calls them “vitamins.”
Q. Why do Lucille and Julia cut in line ahead of Cindy?
A. To show that even Cindy believes in the absolute truth that it is wrong to cut in line.
This question is meant to help the children develop a biblical understanding of God, who He is and what He does. The "answer" is not meant for parents to read to their children. Rather its purpose is to assist parents in guiding the conversation to this biblical understanding. We encourage you to use an open Bible in this conversation, building biblical literacy and well as a biblical theology.
Why is it so important to know God’s truth?
When we know God’s truth, we can know what is not truth. They say that one of the ways that investigators are trained to know when currency is counterfeit is to have them become so familiar with genuine currency that they can tell counterfeit quickly and accurately. When we know God’s truth, when it is imprinted on our minds and hearts, we will know when something is not real truth. The challenge then becomes will we live according to the truth, or will we choose to ignore it and go our own way. One of the strongest indictments that God placed against Israel was the “Truth is nowhere to be found (Isaiah 59:15)” and “Truth has perished, it has vanished (Jeremiah 7:28).” The assurance that we have is that Jesus is the truth, and Jesus wants us to know the truth. Know your Bible, know your God and you will know what is true and what is not.